There's something very satisfying about pouring cement, and the distance from the mixer was only 30yds or so, so the strip filled pretty quickly.
A large black cloud then appeared on the horizon, and we thought, this is the moment to retire for a cup of tea in the cabin.
On investigation into the deviation from the specified colour, it appears that while John O is indeed very consistent with his mixes, Fairview changed the colour of the sand, and the current load is so yellow that it takes three jam jars of black powder, instead of the usual one, to make a black mix. You learn.
The MO for placing them is to hire in a road/railer with a hydraulic arm and a small trailer, and to lay as many of the slabs as we can in a whole working week as soon as we have finished brick laying. At a rough guess, we have another 12 working (Mon-)days to complete the platform wall, so slab laying will take place sometime after that.
There were two distractions today, which meant we didn't get quite as much done as we had hoped. Firstly, Tony kept stopping to stare at something:
No it was: (rumble)
The pride and joy of the RAF, their very own brand new Airbus A400 transport plane, just out of its box! It appears we have one, and only one, and here it is, flying circles round CRC:
Hang on, the sun is shining, why the 'end of the day' ?
Looking down the trackbed, I suddenly realised I couldn't see Hunting Butts tunnel any more, how come?
A hailstorm, that's why! Would you believe it. Before we knew it, millions of white pellets rained upon us, and all over our work.. We ran about with cloth and polythene, trying to cover up the work we had done. In minutes, the whole platform area was a sea of white.
The temperature plummeted, and it became too cold to do anything further. We even had to send back a newly made barrow of mortar, which Brian is heaving back in this picture.
Here is the same Brian, tramping back towards the cabin on the crunchy hail particles. It looks like he is just completing a major treck through the snow. And can you see Cleeve Hill? No, neither could we, it had vanished in the blizzard.
|Damned - that was trap - let's try that one over there...|
See you next time !